Finally checked out the new Hard Rock Rocksino between Cleveland and Akron, a half-hour drive from the Cleveland Downtown Hard-Rock Cafe.
Pulling up to the valet drop-off at night gives the patron the sensation he's entering a Las Vegas hot-spot. All the trimmings of Hard Rock's main casino are there, complete with display windows of genuine costumes and band paraphernalia from some of the Hall-of-famers. Even the door handles are shaped like guitars.
The vista of all the latest slots go as far as the eye can see, with a sky-scape of artistic light designs above. The eateries include a nice sandwich shop, a signature steakhouse that I'll never be able to afford, the de rigueur mammoth buffet and one of the nicest Hard Rock cafes I've seen, complete with a live performance stage with tables and bars surrounding it.
The establishment also has a full arena for Vegas style rock shows,
Hard Rock wisely calls this place a "Rocksino," because, unlike a full casino, this is a "racino," a recently coined term for race tracks that have been allowed to expand their gaming options to slots but not card or table games. Although the Hard Rock Rocksino lacks table and card games, it does have a full, vibrant harness racing track with an original Cleveland Casino attached to it, making up a Vegas complex. I hear a genuine Hard Rock Hotel is in the works, making it even more so.
Mind you, unlike Cleveland's four-level (Caesar's) Horseshoe Casino, which directly connects to Cleveland's growing downtown nightlife scene (including a nearby Hardrock Cafe) and is on top of a subway station, the Hardrock Rocksino is a distinct destination unto itself.
Now, if only Tripadvisor can get its act together and properly link this place to Cleveland and Akron establishments rather than let it stand by itself as a clearly suburban Northfield entity ... (Tripadvisor has inadvertently allowed two identical links of the same Rocksino place, and neither of them appear when clicking on Cleveland or Akron attractions.)
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